More people than ever have discovered Logan City Council Libraries free online resources.
Nearly 650 new members accessed the service during the nine-week period earlier this year when all nine library branches were closed due to pandemic stage one restrictions.
Digital and online resources were also boosted which resulted in community borrowing soaring to 700 digital titles per day.
Logan Libraries also supported the community throughout the stage one restriction period and beyond.
A bulk delivery of resources and books was made to 422 residents in late March to help them while the libraries were closed.
iPads were also loaned to residents with accessibility requirements.
The libraries also delivered resources to 45 Logan families without computers to assist them with home schooling requirements.
At the height of the closure in late April, Logan Libraries launched The Home Learning Hub to support families needing help with home learning.
The support service and web resource available via the library website includes personalised support and advice from Logan Libraries’ staff.
The Reading Help service was also launched for children needing support to read or practise speaking English.
It is available by calling 3412 4100 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
This support for the community was noted yesterday as Council received an update on the Libraries Learning and Discovery Strategy 2019-2023.
This document is a roadmap to the future of the programming and community engagement activities at the city’s libraries.
It sets out the learning and engagement experiences for the next three years.
Through the strategy, the libraries are contributing to the liveability of the city.
They are also supporting the lifelong learning of residents and their well-being.
City Lifestyle Committee Chairperson Councillor Laurie Koranski said Logan’s Libraries were seen as a cornerstone of the city’s pandemic recovery.
Cr Koranski said the library staff had developed new and COVID-safe ways for people to access activities and programs.
She said Logan Libraries had resources and facilities to meet the needs of the local community.
“It is vital they are responsive to current and emerging needs and the aspirations of the community and they have shown they are,” Cr Koranski said.
“One example is the way in which they have adapted their programming this year.
“They have included virtual workshops and seminars on topics that can support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.